The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Moviegoers expecting a sprightly golden-years romance have come to the wrong place. So have those looking for a moody but credible reflection on decades of regrets.
Comprising multiple, loosely interwoven plot threads united as much by the characters' lyrical speech patterns as their end-of-life longings, "Ray Meets Helen" has a wistful, whimsical sophistication that has all but disappeared from movies.
While it bears many of the thematic and stylistic hallmarks that made Rudolph a reliable figure on the '80s indie scene with such films as "Choose Me" and "Trouble in Mind," this mannered character study comes across as more affected than affecting.
Trying to balance whimsical romantic fantasy with a melancholy examination of guilt and regret, the film struggles to make its characters likeable or believable.
"Ray Meets Helen is political in the sense that matters most. It goes beneath the surface of its characters' differences to show what they have in common - what makes them soul mates."
Sadly, the magic doesn't happen this time for Alan Rudolph, a very special filmmaker whose specialty has always been romance among the lost.
After 15 years away from the cinema, Alan Rudolph reminds one of the suggestive potency of his films.
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